Liverpool coach defends Mario Balotelli’s work ethic after cup win
Colin Pascoe insists that Mario Balotelli has been 'working hard' since his arrival at Liverpool
Colin Pascoe has come out in defence of Mario Balotelli after the striker’s goal inspired Liverpool to a League Cup win over Swansea City on Tuesday night.
Balotelli came off the bench to guide home an equaliser for the home side in the 86th minute, before Dejan Lovren struck a winner deep into stoppage time at Anfield.
The Italy striker has come in for criticism for a string of below-par displays following his £16m transfer to Merseyside from AC Milan over the summer.
But Pascoe insists that the 24-year-old has been “working hard” after watching Liverpool book their place in the fifth round of the League Cup.
“Mario is working hard in training and he got his just rewards by coming on and getting the goal,” Pascoe said after seeing Balotelli net his second goal for the Reds.
“Of course [it’s something for him to build on]. He works hard and I’m glad he got the goal.
“He wants to work all the time. He’s still a young lad, a tremendous talent and he wants to work on his movement and finishing.
“After every session, he wants to do that. For him, it was great for him to get the goal.”